Haiti s Laborious Reconstrution: From Strategic Deficiencies to Popular Discontent
Dr. Claude Beauboeuf
Economic and Business Consultant
Dr. Paul Latortue
Faculty of Business Administration
University of Puerto Rico
November 27, 2012
This lecture show that Haiti has lost another golden opportunity to forge its political and socioeconomic renaissance through its post-earthquake reconstruction process almost three years after the January 12, 2010 disaster. To date, this rebuilding process has been characterized by a series of strategic mistakes and political behavior which caused dramatic discrepancy between strategic intents an d realities on the ground, and the subsequent generation of poverty, bureaucratic enrichment, and gradual popular discontent instead of development and employment despite some bright spots. The presentation analyses these strategic mistakes and the popular discontent, a recurrent pattern of Haiti s democratic transition since the downfall of Jean-Claude Duvalier in 1986. The discussion concludes with some constructive recommendations to prevent the repetition of such improductive patterns for Haiti and the region.
Sponsored by Institute of Caribbean Studies, Graduate Program History, Caribbean Regional Library and Reference Room, Library System UPR, and the Office of the Dean, College of Social Sciences, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras.